The Dalmore has unveiled its 30 Year Old 2021 Edition, the first bottling in a new annual series. The Whyte & Mackay-owned brand announced the new series in August.
The new 30 Year Old series celebrates The Dalmore’s long-standing partnership with Douro-based Port producer Graham’s, with the Highland distillery’s whisky makers receiving access to rare Graham’s casks.
This first release is a 30-year-old single malt that was aged in American white oak ex-bourbon casks before being finished in Graham’s 30 Year Old Tawny Port pipes.
“This new annual release, although instantly collectable, is intended for whisky fans seeking the finest Scotch whisky to enjoy every year, and we’re proud that it is a celebration of our longstanding relationship with Graham’s Port,” said whisky maker Gregg Glass. Adding, “The Dalmore 30 Year Old 2021 Edition is the result of our shared patience and dedication to craftsmanship over more than 180 years, creating an exceptional single malt which is divinely decadent with every drop,” Glass added.
On the nose, the Scotch offers sweet aromas of freshly baked brioche and candied orange, opening up to a palate of black forest fruits derived from the Port pipes. The finish gives way to aromas of vanilla pod, Napoleon cake, and shaved almonds.
“It’s wonderful to see this series come to life with the launch of The Dalmore 30 Year Old,” said Charles Symington, head winemaker for Graham’s. “Our rare 30 Year Old Tawny Port is an exceptional liquid that we are tremendously proud of and its complex palate works beautifully with The Dalmore’s whisky to create something truly special.”
Bottled at 42.8% ABV, only 1,318 bottles of the expression have been made available. They can be purchased exclusively from Harrods in the UK for £4,500 ($6,126 USD).
For more information, head over to the distillery’s official website.
Last October, The Dalmore added the 12 Year Old Sherry Cask Select whisky to its Principal Collection. The single malt Scotch showcases the Highland distillery’s close relationship with Jerez, Spain’s Sherry making region.